Posted By Dr. Eric Pragle, DC, LMT
Aromatherapy and essential oils are forms of ancient healing medicine and have greatly benefited many civilizations, including China and India, for over thousands of years. The name Tea Tree comes from the tea brewed from the leaves of melaleuca alternifolia and drunk by Captain Cook during his exploration of Australia in the early eighteenth century. Originally the leaves were utilized by the Aborigines in natural remedies to treat wounds and illnesses. Tea Tree is the most researched of all the essential oils with it's powerful antiseptic, antibacterial, antifungal, and antiviral agent, tea tree's ability to fight infection is incredible. It's also the strongest natural disinfectant, with studies showing it to be stronger than chemical disinfectants. Fortunately it is not poisonous to humans. All of these qualities make tea tree effective in offering a treatment for athletes foot, thrush, insect bites, thrush, warts, cuts, bruises and other skin ailments to mention a few.
Tea tree oil also stimulates the immune system which can make it very useful for colds, flu, and other illnesses. Vaporized tea tree can disinfect the air and prevent the spread of infectious illnesses. Tea tree oil like Lavender is one of the few oils which can be applied neat (directly on the skin) to the skin however it is commonly used as aromatherapy with many benefits.
There are two main ways by which the essential oils enter the body; through the nose by inhalation or by absorption through the skin. At Pragle Chiropractic, during the aromatherapy massage we utilize both forms of absorption to maximize the healing benefits of both chiropractic and massage. When the oil is inhaled, tiny molecules are absorbed into the bloodstream via capillaries in the nose, throat and lungs. As the oil circulates the body, it acts according to its specific properties and often times according to what your body needs. Some oils are stimulating or sedating, others antibacterial or antimicrobial and so on. This amazing versatility makes it possible to tailor treatments to suit each individual's needs. The nose is also the direct pathway to the olfactory center in the brain, so inhaling aromatic scents can influence the mood and affect hormonal secretions.
Skin absorption is accomplished through massage. Small pores in the skin draw the oils into the capillaries and from there into the bloodstream and lymphatic system. Massage also promotes relaxed breathing, so allowing the oils to be inhaled at the same time.
Lastly, the benefits of aromatherapy are enhanced by a positive outlook. If you like the oil's scent and believe in it's therapeutic powers , then you will be more responsive to the positive affects of essential oils.
Dr. Pragle believes strongly in the healing powers of essential oils and has been using them with AO Chiropractic and Massage and studying them in depth for more than a decade. Please visit www.praglechiro.com to learn more and book your appointment. Pragle Chiropractic is located at 1820 Riggins Rd. #1, Tallahassee, FL 32308.